Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Upside of the Downside

For everything that happens in the universe one can readily find reason to praise Providence, if one has within oneself these two qualities, the ability to see each particular event in the context of the whole, and a sense of … Continue reading

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Living Large on Minimum Wage

We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of the world —Gilbert It was a night with no moon and he was alone, driving up the Interstate in northern Michigan, with an all-night radio station out of Chicago for … Continue reading

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Exquisitely Right, but Dead Wrong?

We demand the right to contradict ourselves! –Parisian University students, 1968 It is not clear why, but in 155 B. C., Rome levied a gobsmacker of a fine on Athens. The Athenians felt this was  unfair. Seeking a redress of their grievance, they sent Carneades the dialectician to … Continue reading

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Austerity: A Really Stupid Idea

Il nous faut de l’audace, encore de l’audace, toujours de l’audace!” —Georges Jacques Danton I have read that when an airplane is in a dive beyond 90 degrees of bank, the pilot must counter intuitively push the stick forward rather than pull … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Quality Health Care: The Next New Thing?

I hadn’t thought of it in a while, but San Jose del Cabo, Mexico is not a bad place to get your face smashed in. I had had my nose, eye socket and cheek rearranged one morning down there while surfing. … Continue reading

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On Mutual Respect among Friends

“The important thing is to let every one of your friends know your true feelings,” writes my friend on the eve of the elections,  “even if you think they don’t love you back. So just in case I’m gone tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Bringing Down the House

An era of epic … instability lies ahead. —E. W. Financial Forecast, Nov. 2, 2012 It was there and then it was gone. For sixty years the house up the street from us stood nestled in a lovely oak hammock. From the … Continue reading

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